1. The judging
Those who accuse of block-judging and biased judgement should look in
not so distant past, when an Eastern block athlete (especially if he
or she was Soviet in origin) would ONLY win any judged sport if he or
she (or even a team) was head over hills stronger than western
opponents. This was given, taken for granted and not discussed.
Nowadays, when the system starts backfiring at the
US/Canada competitors in particular, there is a sudden outcry in the
US media - "Why? How is that possible? Where is the merit-based
judgement? What's happening to this sport?". Nothing is happening. It
is exactly the same as before, but this time the judges are more or
less split in half, hence the block judging (as invented by the West)
shifts ever so often in East's favour.
So, if you disagree with the judges' objectiveness in this case,
consider this a payback time for all those cases, where, for example,
female singles were always outvoted in favour of Kwan/Lipinsky.
2. "The win is a disgrace to the innocent Russian couple"
It was not a disgrace at the time of victory. Fans and judges opinions
often differ, with no consequences besides a little roar/booing at the
time. The US media coverage made it a disgrace, by publishing
literally zillions of identical (in spirit) articles, repeating the
same story over, over and over again. So please, do not play an
innocent bystander, feeling oh so sorry for the Russian couple. You
have made their win a disgrace in the truly innocent, misinformed
3. Official Olympic website coverage
This is the most horrifying and disgusting part of the story. I
haven't seen a more biased, narrow-minded coverage in my entire life.
90% of the stories (in general) are dedicated to the US / Canadian
athletes. Excuse me, but this is an official website, dedicated to
Olympic games, in which athletes from all over the WORLD compete. The
world does not consist of 90% US, 10% other and the medal counts also
do not quite reflect that statistic.
As for the figure skating story, 100% of the articles expressed exact
same viewpoint in exact same way, interviewing literally dozens of
Canadian experts, athletes, housewives and what have you and barely
mentioning what possibly the winners or their supporters have to say.
If this is not brainwashing, but rather a way of living, then I am
truly sorry for the American nation, as it has been deprived of its
major human right - to think and decide for yourself.
I apologise for potentially offending anyone with this post, but the
media crusade against declared Olympic champions (as they inevitably
become the victims of this exercise) is getting to me.